I am a complete sucker for faux succulents. I have been able to keep a few real plants alive in our house, but the fake ones are so pretty and zero work. That’s why whenever I see new varieties of faux succulents at the dollar store, I scoop them right into my cart. I used new Treasure Gold paint to make some pretty metallic succulents for fall.
DOLLAR STORE METALLIC SUCCULENTS FOR FALL
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE METALLIC SUCCULENTS
If you have been following along on the blog this week, it won’t surprise you that the most important supply for this project is Treasure Gold paint. I’ve been sharing multiple ways to use this new metallic paint from FolkArt all week. I used all four colors in the line to upgrade some faux succulents from the dollar store.
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HOW TO PAINT DOLLAR STORE SUCCULENTS FOR FALL
TIPS FOR USING TREASURE GOLD ON PLASTIC
Smooth surfaces are ideal for Treasure Gold metallic paint. If you follow a few tips to reduce brushstrokes, your finished project will have the sheen and flash of real metal!
- Paint on THIN coats. You really do want to paint on multiple (think 2-3) thin coats onto the plastic surface for best results.
- Use a soft-bristle paintbrush. I have used paintbrushes meant for gilding with metallic paints before, and they really do lessen the appearance of brushstrokes.
- Use a slow, gentle painting motion. This isn’t the project for slapping on the paint. If you getting into the mindset that you are smoothing the paint on like frosting instead of painting, you will be using the correct motion.
- Allow the paint to fully dry between layers. I rushed one of my test runs of the Treasure Gold paint and applied a second coat before the first was 100% dry. I ended up having some warping and cracking of the paint. Don’t waste your time or your paint. Let those coats dry!
- Paint in one direction. There are some paint products that work the best if you alternate the direction that you paint from coat to coat. Treasure Gold is NOT one of them! Keep the brushstrokes going in the same direction for every coat.
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